Marshall makeover creates winter wonderland

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 10:40am

Santa's a busy man this time of year, but that won't stop him from coming to Marshall to unveil his newest toy workshop. "We're just excited about this workshop in particular because we think it's the best one we've done so far and we're real proud of it," he said, putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree.

The project in Marshall's downtown has been in the works for six years. It's the second incarnation of Santa's workshop for the city, after it outgrew the old location. The building didn't start out with a lot of promise, said Bo Ellis, Main Street Director. "We had structural issues that had to be taken care of, electrical plumbing issues...and we literally had holes in the floor and holes in the roof."

800 volunteer hours later...it's transformed. Part of the workshop is a Santa station, where children can build wooden toys with the help of elves. The second half is "Mrs. Claus' kitchen," where the lady herself will be there to help kids bake and decorate their own sugar cookie.

The best part for parents? It's all free. You can find Santa's Workshop and Mrs. Claus' Kitchen on Washington Avenue through December 23rd.

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